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Five NZ companies win Australasia Internet awards

Five NZ companies win Australasia Internet awards

Five New Zealand businesses have received awards for excellence online at the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA's) in Melbourne last night.

The ANZIA's are an annual event, held jointly by InternetNZ and auDA, celebrating the achievements of organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering online content that is accessible, innovative, informative and secure.

New Zealand companies received a clean sweep of the new Tech StartUp category, with Auckland based Latipay taking out the main prize, and Christchurch's Linewize being named as highly commended.

Massey University's Design + Democracy project won the Information Award for their work on online voter engagement, and the Virtual Learning Network Primary School and Attitude Live were both highly commended in the Diversity and Digital Skills category.

InternetNZ's CEO, Jordan Carter, says that it is a testament to the quality of the New Zealand entries that five out of the seven finalists received awards and that two organisations won their respective categories.

"The quality of New Zealand finalists show that New Zealand's tech sector is in good hands. We have a lot of positive ideas coming out of New Zealand, and it is great to see that the New Zealand winners represented a number of communities nationwide," says Carter.

Cameron Boardman, the newly appointed CEO of auDA says: "As my first ANZIA event, as CEO, I was struck by the incredible atmosphere and genuine excitement of the community to celebrate such valuable contributions from our finalists. It is encouraging to see such diversity and innovation across the wider tech sector."

InternetNZ is so pleased that 2016 has not only attracted a huge amount of entries to these awards – but also such a high calibre of finalists from across Australasia. It shows us that work in the Internet space is continuing to advance and improve and we are producing some brilliant and innovative work in this area across the region.

Congratulations to all of the ANZIA winners. To see a full list of New Zealand and Australia winners, visit the ANZIA website at: https://www.anzia.org.au/news/2016-anzia-winners-the-real-showstoppers/

Winners of 2016 ANZIA awards received a $2,500AUD cash prize.

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